Our editors curated this list of the biggest endpoint security news items during the first half of 2021, as highlighted on Solutions Review.
Cybersecurity is one of the most critical industries in the modern digital age, rapidly growing as more organizations release their own needs to defend against threat actors. The proliferation of cyber-attacks only continues to grow as well, with several high-profile ransomware attacks and data breaches serving as wake-up calls to businesses. Further, evidence suggests that customers abandon companies that suffer from data breaches en masse, as they no longer feel their data is safe with breached companies.
Part of Solutions Review’s ongoing analysis of the cybersecurity marketplace includes covering the biggest endpoint security news stories which have the greatest impact on enterprise technologists. This is a curated list of the most important endpoint security news stories from the first half of 2021. For more on the space, including the newest product releases, funding rounds and mergers and acquisitions, follow our popular news section.
The Biggest Endpoint Security News Items During the First Half of 2021
British fashion retailer FatFace “disclosed” suffering a cyber-attack in January to its customers and employees. It appears that customers, current, and former employees may have been affected. Customers may have had their names, emails, physical addresses, and the last four digits of their credit cards compromised in the breach, according to an email sent by the company.
However, the company asked customers to “keep this email and the information included within it strictly private and confidential.” This prompted an immediate and serious backlash. Customers were deeply upset because the company took two months to inform customers. Additionally, U.K data protection laws demand companies disclose breaches within 72 hours of detection.
AT&T Cybersecurity announced the launch of a managed endpoint security solution. This solution stems from an alliance with SentinelOne. The AT&T Managed Endpoint Security with SentinelOne is designed to correlate the detection of endpoint threats through a single software agent.
Rupesh Chokshi, VP at AT&T Cybersecurity, gave a statement with the announcement. “More endpoints and data are crossing an increasingly complex network environment, causing the cyber-attack surface to grow and new threats to emerge. With our expertise in managed security, fiber, and 5G connectivity solutions, we are helping enterprises to reduce the risk of endpoint security attacks using AI to accelerate the detection of threats, enabling them to focus on their business innovation.”
Verizon released its 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report. This report, its 14th iteration, analyzes 29,207 quality cybersecurity incidents. Of those, Verizon detected 5,258 breaches, a third more breaches than analyzed last year.
According to the 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report, phishing attacks increased by 11 percent since last year. Meanwhile, attacks involving ransomware rose by 6 percent. Distressingly, 85 percent of breaches involved a human element, indicating a lack of cybersecurity education and training. Misdelivery – sending a sensitive email to the wrong individual – represents one of the most common forms of human error across industries.
Cambridge MA-based analyst house Forrester Research released the latest iteration of its flagship Forrester Wave report; this report is entitled “The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2021.”
Researchers Joseph Blankenship, Claire O’Malley, Stephanie Balaouras, Allie Mellen, Shannon Fish, and Peggy Dostie created a 25-criterion report analyzing the market. Through these criteria, they identify the 15 most significant vendors. These vendors include Agari, Area 1 Security, Barracuda Networks, Broadcom Symantec, Cisco, Forcepoint, Fortinet, Google, Microsoft, Mimecast, Proofpoint, SonicWall, Sophos, Trend Micro, and Zix.
Cambridge MA-based analyst house Forrester Research released the latest iteration of its flagship Forrester Wave report; this report is entitled “Endpoint Security Software As A Service, Q2 2021.”
Researchers Chris Sherman, Merritt Maxim, Allie Mellen, Shannon Fish, and Peggy Dostie created a 24-criterion report analyzing the market. Through these criteria, they identify the 12 most significant vendors. These vendors include Bitdefender, BlackBerry, Cisco, CrowdStrike, McAfee, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, SentinelOne, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro, and VMware.
Those are our picks for the biggest endpoint security news items during the first half of 2021. For more on Solutions Review’s market analysis, check out the Endpoint Security Buyer’s Guide.
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